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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 6/6/2021


Rustic design is one of many styles that can be difficult to define. Elements of interior design styles are shared and combined so frequently that you might not know what is rustic and what might be something else. Luckily, there are a few specific characteristics unique to rustic design you can use to guide your decorating decisions. Here we’ll go over the key elements of rustic interior design to give you a better understanding.

Raw & Unfinished Textures

Rustic design features organic and natural materials that show their original texture and colors. Real wood is essential, and the more weathered the better, whether it be for furniture or flooring. Rustic design celebrates age and well-worn pieces so you might even find some items classified as “distressed.” Obvious grain, knots or imperfections are excellent—try reclaimed wood for better chances at a unique look.

There are many other natural textures combined with unfinished wood. Thickly woven textiles or rugs, raw (or faux) animal hide, well-worn leather and raw stone are common staples. You want each piece to be safe and usable but to stay truly rustic, stay away from glossy or heavily polished surfaces. Anything and everything that keeps its natural texture will be perfect for your rustic style space.

Exposed Beams & Brick

While more of an architectural element than strictly a decorating one, exposed beams are a key feature in rustic design. Exposed beams add visual interest to the upper view of a room and also promote a sense of tradition and coziness. You don’t have to live in a ragged log cabin in order to get the same rustic feel of utilitarian and sturdy construction that exposed beams can create.

You’ll also find a lot of exposed brick in rustic design. If you don’t have real brick walls, you can easily replicate them with interior wall siding panels from your local home improvement store. Because brick has such gritty natural texture, it can still add to the rustic style of a room when painted white or another soft color.

Handmade & Natural Materials

Imperfections and uniqueness are essential elements of rustic design. Handmade items, while often more expensive, are a great way to keep the look of the room comfortable and accessible. If you don’t go for truly handmade options you can still get the same effect with anything unique or second-hand. Some examples might be hand-woven rugs or blankets, handmade pottery or unique furniture items like end tables or chairs.

Regardless of the style, however, the materials are the most important thing. Rustic design uses natural materials that are commonly available like stone, wood, jute and canvas rather than man-made metals or synthetic fabrics. For a softer touch, you can go with linen and organic cotton.

Heavy Duty & Functional

While rustic design might favor simple furniture items, it doesn’t mean they’re minimalist in construction. Rustic design is all about large, heavy and solidly built furniture and accent pieces. The style is secondary to the material but there is very little embellishment or decoration. Go for well-worn but simple leather couches and chairs with chunky legs. Every piece should be functional rather than chosen purely for looks, but it’s easy to find beautiful options that still fit the approachable and simple rustic style.

Rustic interior design is an effortless style to use in your own home. The next time you think about furniture and decor choices, go for natural materials with lots of texture and neutral colors. You can create a sense of comfort and tradition no matter how modern the setting.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 3/7/2021

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The sky's the limit for cloud-based documents and files. Remote working is on the rise. The ranks of independent entrepreneurs are growing. For many, home is a place to live and work.

Here are three elements to consider for your work-from-home space.

1. Choose Your Workspace

Pick a bright spot. Daylight inspires!

Will you be having clients drop in? Aim to choose a spot near an entrance way, apart from your intimate living spaces.

For tax purposes, this spot can be a dedicated room, or a section of a room—as long as there's a clear division between your working and living space. Other storage areas in the home, or partitioned-off space that's fully dedicated to keeping business items, is also square footage to count in the deduction.

Take pictures each year that clearly show the partitions and the business use of the space. Keep your photos with your tax documents.

2. Furnish the Space

Decorate mainly as you would if your work space were in a corporate building. Keep your desk, professional items, and office-appropriate décor in the space. Don't have a playpen (unless your business is daycare) or a dining table in your designated office space.

Bookcases, wall hangings, mirrors, and framed art all look good, and dampen noise from outside your work space. Succulents or crocus bulbs can make excellent office plants and uplift the mood of your work area.

Protect your health while working at home by using an adjustable (sit-stand) desk. Does that sound too industrial for the look you demand at home? Never fear. Gorgeous, adjustable desks that complement your existing furniture do exist on the market. With a little searching, you'll find yours.

3. Declare Your Tax Deduction

Calculate your home office percentage. If your home amounts to 2,000 square feet and your office space covers 500, declare 25% as the percentage. The deduction may not exceed your year's net business profit. 

For smaller home office spaces, the IRS has a simplified standard deduction. Take $5 per square foot, up to 300 square feet.

Speak with your tax pro about deducting a home business percentage from your homeowner's insurance, mortgage interest, utilities, and property taxes. Read the instructions, so you know how to plan your tax return.

Putting It All Together

For a tax deduction, your home office must serve as the core of your business affairs, or the place you do the bulk of your work. Whether you already have a home office, or are thinking of creating one, design your space so it fits the IRS tax deduction requirements—even while it uplifts your home, delights your senses, and inspires your best work. 




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 12/27/2020

Image by Ernest_Roy from Pixabay

When putting together a room’s design, there’s one area that often gets overlooked above all others, and that’s the ceiling. There are a variety of interesting things that you can do with a ceiling to bring life and add interest to a room. Some ideas will add a sense of height or give the space an elegant look while other things will even help enhance the room’s lighting—without the addition of new light fixtures.

If you’re looking for design ideas, don’t skimp on the ceilings. Instead, try one of the following!

1. Gloss Finishes are Fashionable & Brightening

People don’t normally think of high gloss finishes when they think of ceilings, but this is a trend that is taking off for two good reasons. Gloss, whether it’s glossy paint or a gloss wood finish, draws attention upward while also reflecting a lot of light. Lamplight or sunlight streaming in from windows—either way, the reflection helps make the room look much more spacious.

2. Wallpaper isn’t Just for Walls

Looking for an unusual way to make a statement? More and more, interior designers are turning to wallpaper as a creative way to change up the look of a ceiling. This is another technique that draws a lot of attention upward, and it has the added advantage of making a bold statement.

3. Choose Bright Colors for Low Ceilings

Low ceilings can make a room feel cramped even if it isn’t—and this is an effect that can be heightened if the room has a dark color scheme on the walls and ceiling both. Brighten things up and give the ceiling a little lift by choosing light shades to contrast dark walls. This also helps brighten the room, which is another way to make it feel a little more expansive.

4. Try the Beamed or Coffered Look

This idea will help you add loads of style to interior spaces. Beamed ceilings and coffered ceilings both, whether the style is rustic or elegant, lend a seriously high-end feeling to a room.

There’s lots of ways to get this look, too. Coffered ceilings can be created with lumber or even with moldings repurposed to lay out the ceiling’s pattern. You can just do simple, clean lines, or you choose lumber with intricate edge profiles for a more classical look. And then there’s the layout itself. Coffered ceilings are typically done in square patterns, but there’s nothing stopping you from making hexagons or using squares and rectangles in differing sizes.

Beamed ceilings work similarly in that you’ll use lumber to give the ceiling depth and texture. Here, however, the designs are usually simpler, as if structural beams have been left exposed. Because of that, this style often works well with rustic themes.

Even though ceilings are sometimes left out of the design process, there really are many ways to turn them into a thing of beauty. Your ceilings don’t have to be flat or understated. Use one of these ideas or come up with your own to draw attention to this key piece of the room.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 6/21/2020

Whether you’ve just bought a home or you’re hoping to spruce up your current house, redecorating can be a great way to make a home feel new and exciting. However, when it comes to the actual decorating and design, many homeowners are at a loss.

Sure, you could hire an interior decorator to help you out, but oftentimes that expense doesn’t fit into the average homeowner’s budget, especially if you just spend thousands closing on a new home.

Fortunately, there are many free sources of inspiration available that will help you identify the right style for your home at the right price for your budget.

In today’s article, we’re going to give you some tips on where to find interior decor inspiration so you can get started on restyling your home.

Grab an app or two

Searching for redecorating tips doesn’t have to be a full-time job. You can browse ideas when you’re on the train to work, relaxing in bed at night, or waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s office just by downloading a few select apps on your phone.

Two of the most common apps for home decorating are Pinterest and Instagram. However, you’ll need to give those apps some information to make sure you’re getting the right images in your feed.

On Pinterest, add “home decor” “interior design” and “home decor ideas” to your interests so that you’ll see those images and articles first in your feed.

For Instagram, you’ll have to follow accounts that post what you’re looking for, then Instagram will recommend similar accounts.

Here are a few common interior design accounts to get started with:

Take an online course

There’s more to interior decorating than just finding some furniture you like, making sure it will fit in your living room, and buying it. Design principles of color, texture, and form all work together to create the full experience of a home’s interior.

While people study for years to develop techniques of design, you can learn the basics relatively quickly. If you’re interested in learning something new and updating the design of your home, you could take an online course in interior design.

Howcast has a great series of free videos called Interior Design Basics that will provide you with a good overview. Then, if you want to continue learning, check out one of SkillShare’s many interior design courses.

Take a trip to the library

When it comes to seeing the best examples of interior decoration or finding detailed information on design techniques, nothing can beat your local library. Most libraries also have subscriptions to common magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Decor, and HGTV Magazine.

If your library doesn’t have many options, you can often request items for free through their interlibrary loans system. They’ll send you books and magazines from surrounding towns and give you a notification when they’ve arrived.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/26/2020

Photo by Hutomo Abrianto on Unsplash

Sky at dusk is how Pantone describes classic blue, their 2020 color of the year. Restful and tranquil, a bold color such as classic blue gives the eye a place to rest as it travels around a space, which makes it ideal for accent items such as throw pillows, wall art or drapes. But, for the brave at heart, classic blue makes a suitable wall color for large rooms, too. And as an exterior paint, it can make your home look like a cover of Coastal Living. Classic blue evokes a nautical mood, indicative of long summer weekends by the bay, and that's never a bad thing. If you're longing to incorporate Pantone's 2020 color of the year into your home palette, here's what we suggest. 

Highlight an Architectural Feature

By using classic blue to highlight a single fireplace or a column, you bring importance to that piece without overwhelming an already dark room with an even darker wall color. Architectural features include:

  • Built-in bookcases
  • Crown molding
  • Recessed panels
  • Exposed beams
  • Stair Railings
  • By painting only the most important elements in your space in classic blue, you'll help them become focal points, which is what they were always intended to be. 

    Paper an Accent Wall

    Wallpaper is making a comeback this year, and what better way to feature classic blue than on an accent wall papered with a patterned print, like this one at Elle Decor? Bold, yet contained, classic blue patterned wallpaper is simply luxurious.

    Modern wallpaper can be adhered with paste, or it may contain adhesive on the back of the paper that becomes activated in water. Peel-and-stick paper is another option that's gaining popularity. Depending upon your level of skill, hanging wallpaper may be an easy DIY project. But if you have little experience with pasting or booking, or if you don't know how to make sure the paper hangs plumb, professional installation might be a better approach. 

    Upholster a Chair

    Classic blue upholstery fabric, like these fabrics featured in Traditional Home, is a unique way to introduce this bold color into your home decor. Whether patterned or solid, upholstered furniture brings comfort and texture to your space. Additionally, upholstering a headboard or the top of a cedar chest adds depth and personality to a bedroom.

    Of course, true lovers of the rich, classic blue color always have the option of painting entire rooms or house exteriors. When done well, with an eye for design, this can be quite beautiful. Dark colors such as this work well to make large, cavernous rooms feel more cohesive. And as a home exterior, classic blue can lend nearly any style of home a beachfront feel.







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